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News Release, Calvert County Public Library

Tuesday, July 14, 2020: American Red Cross Virtual Recruitment Open House. 12:30pm-1:30pm. Join us for a Virtual Recruitment Open House Help local families cope with emergencies by volunteering with the Red Cross in the National Capital and Greater Chesapeake Region!  Are you:-Team-oriented-Available and flexible for at least 4-6 hours per week-Comfortable with ambiguity-Empathetic and compassionate-Can remain calm and patient during stressful situations ?

NOW is the perfect time to JOIN US . GET TRAINED . and BE PREPARED to help your local community! Learn about positions with blood donation centers, disaster action teams, and much more.The Open House will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. You can join with or without video through your phone or computer! An event link will be provided by email upon completion of the registration form. Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Books & Toys Book (Online). 8:00pm-9:00pm. Book Discussion for Adults, playtime for kids. Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us on July 15th as Joanna Guy and Liz Cannon bring Alice Paul (1885-1977), leader of the twentieth century women’s suffrage movement and wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), to our virtual stage.  This summer, the Chautauqua stage goes virtual as Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We highlight the unique story of each of these historic figures as they fought for their rights. This year’s series starts in the 1600s and continues through the modern era.  A video of each performance will be posted for one week each Monday in July. Join us each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. as we stream the performance and host a live Q&A with the performers starting at 2:00 pm. Sign up to participate in the Q&A and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win fun prizes. Capacity for each Q&A is 500.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended middle grade books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books for teens. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended young adult books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Book Discussion. 2:00pm-3:30pm. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones .  Join us for a lively book discussion on zoom! An American Marriage is available as an ebook and audiobook on both Libby by Overdrive and Hoopla. Register to receive the link to join!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Storytelling with Jane Dorfman. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Learn to tell stories that inspire, entertain, engage, and advocate.  Jane Dorfman is a performing member and president of Voices-in-the-Glen and a member of the National Storytelling Network and on the program committee for the Washington Folk Festival. As a children’s librarian, she knows the importance of reading and listening. Her programs are age-appropriate and build in lots of opportunities to join in the telling.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Friday, July 17, 2020: Writers by the Bay. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Looking for a writers’ group? All writers and would-be writers are welcome to come for critique & camaraderie.  Please check library calendar online to find out how to receive the link to join the meeting. Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Saturday, July 18, 2020: Dungeons & Dragons – TEENS (ROLL20/ZOOM). 2:00pm-5:00pm. Meet up the 3rd Saturday of each month and have fun with D&D. Players of all levels and interest welcome.     Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Monday, July 20, 2020: It’s Elementary! 9:00am-9:15am. Science, technology, engineering, art, math? What will we talk about this week? Kindergarten through fifth graders are invited to join Calvert Library each week for It’s Elementary! Enjoy a story followed by a fun at-home STEAM based activity using common household items!  Check out Calvert Library’s It’s Elementary! on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter and don’t forget to invite your friends!?   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Monday, July 20, 2020: “How to Be an Antiracist” Author Ibram X. Kendi (Crowdcast). 7:00pm-8:00pm. Calvert Library is proud to partner with Maryland State Library and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, who are hosting author Ibram X. Kendi for a live virtual event on Prince George’s County.  Crowdcast, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope and Facebook.  Dr. Kendi will be interviewed by Dr. Charlene Dukes, the outgoing president of Prince George’s Community College. The Prince George’s County presenting partners are PGCMLS, the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission and Joe’s Movement Emporium.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Summer Fun: Circus Science with Greg May.   10:00am-10:45am. Join professional knucklehead and silly scientist Gregory May on a tour of the scientific principles behind his circus skills. Ages 5 and up. Live event will air on Crowdcast and replay for the following 48 hours at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/summer-fun-greg-may.  Join us on Crowdcast at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/summer-fun-greg-may  as a former Ringling Brothers Circus performer and Port Discovery Children’s Museum educator, Gregory May uses juggling, rolling globe walking, lasso spinning and other amazing tricks to explore Newton’s Laws, Gyroscopic Motion and Center of Gravity. It’s a wild ride for the entire family!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Online Book Discussion (ZOOM). 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join us this month on Zoom for an online discussion of “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai.  Please register so we can email you the link to join the discussion.  The link will come an hour before the event.    Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended middle grade books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books for teens. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended young adult books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices. 1:00pm-3:00pm. On July 22nd, Sherrie Tolliver portrays Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954). Born in Tennessee to two formerly enslaved business owners, Terrell helped to found the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Association for Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC) and worked with the National Women’s Party in picketing at the White House in support of women’s suffrage.  This summer, the Chautauqua stage goes virtual as Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We highlight the unique story of each of these historic figures as they fought for their rights. This year’s series starts in the 1600s and continues through the modern era. A video of each performance will be posted for one week each Monday in July. Join us each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. as we stream the performance and host a live Q&A with the performers starting at 2:00 pm. Sign up to participate in the Q&A and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win fun prizes. Capacity for each Q&A is 500.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Teen Jackbox Party (Virtual). 6:00pm-7:30pm. Teens, come play some Jackbox games with us! Jackbox games are online party games where you have to come up with funny and creative answers to some very unusual prompts. You will need a device to attend an online meeting (like a tablet or laptop) as well as another device (like a phone) to answer questions for the best experience. Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Storytelling through Food with Dr. Williams-Forson. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Dr. Williams-Forson will be here discussing how food plays a huge part in the stories we tell. Have you ever caught yourself telling the story of how your grandmother did something amazing while serving a family recipe? Or how about how your trip to the grocery store turned into an adventure?  Dr. Williams-Forson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Theatre, Dance, and Performing Studies, the Departments of Anthropology, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity.  Dr. Williams-Forson’s work on material culture and food have been published in her books Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World and the award-winning (American Folklore Society) Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power, as well as in many journals and book chapters. Her expertise has been featured in a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, NPR (National Public Radio), Radio New Zealand, Irish Radio, MSNBC (the former Melissa Harris-Perry Show), and The Associated Press (wire service), among others.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Monday, July 27, 2020: It’s Elementary! 9:00am-9:15am. Science, technology, engineering, art, math? What will we talk about this week? Kindergarten through fifth graders are invited to join Calvert Library each week for It’s Elementary! Enjoy a story followed by a fun at-home STEAM based activity using common household items!  Check out Calvert Library’s It’s Elementary! on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter and don’t forget to invite your friends!?   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Summer Fun:  Bright Star Touring Theatre.  10:00am-10:45am. These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Ages 4 and up. Pre-recorded event will air on Crowdcast and replay for the following 48 hours at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/summer-fun-bright-star. Join us on Crowdcast at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/summer-fun-bright-star . Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Tortoise and The Hare” and “The Lion and The Mouse” leave audiences with a message that is both timely and timeless!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us on July 29 as Arthuretta Martin portrays Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). Considered one of the most powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movement in the South, Hamer was outraged by efforts to deny Black votes, became a SNCC organizer and co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Party to increase Black participation in the Democratic Party.  This summer, the Chautauqua stage goes virtual as Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We highlight the unique story of each of these historic figures as they fought for their rights. This year’s series starts in the 1600s and continues through the modern era.  A video of each performance will be posted for one week each Monday in July. Join us each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. as we stream the performance and host a live Q&A with the performers starting at 2:00 pm. Sign up to participate in the Q&A and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win fun prizes. Capacity for each Q&A is 500.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books for teens. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites Teen” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended young adult books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Calvert Library’s Book Bites. 1:00pm-2:00pm. Listen to the first chapters of popular, new and recommended books. New chapters are posted every week. Search “Calvert Library’s Book Bites” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Calvert Librarians read the first chapters of popular, new and recommended middle grade books that are available in our digital collection. New episodes post every Wednesday at 1 pm. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Simplecast and more!   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Thursday, July 30, 2020: Dungeons & Dragons – ADULT (ROLL20). 6:00pm-8:30pm. Come have fun with D&D, a role playing game for adults of all experience levels. Registration required.     Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.

Thursday, July 30, 2020: Writers Cribs! Jabari Asim. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join us for a conversation and short tour with Jabari Asim, facilitated by Susan Muaddi Darraj. In “Stop and Frisk” Jabari Asim ruthlessly interrogates entrenched injustice and its insidious echoes. Jabari Asim and Susan Darraj will discuss the themes of the book – the interrogation of truths we believe are self evident and encounters with police, through an innovative form of poetry.  Jabari Asim is the acclaimed author of “A Taste Of Honey” and “Only The Strong,” both works of fiction, as well as the highly praised “The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And Why.” His children’s books include “Whose Toes Are Those,” “Whose Knees Are These,” “Fifty Cents And A Dream,” and “Preaching To The Chickens.” He is the former editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College.  Susan Muaddi Darraj won an American Book Award for her novel-in-stories, A Curious Land. It also earned the 2016 Arab American Book Award,  won the AWP Grace Paley Prize, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press. In 2018, she was named a 2018 Ford Fellow by USA Artists. Her debut children’s chapter book series, Farah Rocks, is the first to feature a Palestinian American protagonist — the smart, brave, and funny Farah Hajjar. The first book in the series, Farah Rocks Fifth Grade, was published in January, 2020, and the second, Farahs Rocks Summer Break, will be published in August, 2020. Follow her on Instagram/Twitter @SusanDarraj.  Presented in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop.   Calvert Library Virtual Branch, 410-535-0291. https://CalvertLibrary.info.